We know you’ll be as delighted as we are to welcome the talented sisters Breena Clarke and Cheryl Clarke, co-founders of the Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers, to the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers!

Breena ClarkeBreena Clarke’s debut novel, River, Cross My Heart, was an October 1999 Oprah Book Club selection. She is the author of two other historical novels exploring the African American experience, and teaches writing at the Stonecoast MFA program. Breena, who has survived the death of her only child, writes with depth and clarity about grief. Her work is marked by compassion and magnificent use of language.

Cheryl Clarke

Cheryl Clarke is the author of four books of poetry, including Experimental Love (Firebrand Books, 1993), which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. Her newest volume is due out in April 2016 from The Word Works Press. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications since 1979. A professor of English and Women’s Studies at Rutgers University, she was also the founding Director of the Rutgers Office of Diverse Community Affairs and Lesbian-Gay Concerns at Rutgers University, and retired recently from her position as Rutgers Dean of Students.